Fortify Your Organisation Against Costly Disruption
Today, the frequency and severity of weather-related events seem to be increasing and reliance on a complex network of technology and supply chains is expanding. Both trends leave businesses susceptible to a variety of existing and emerging risks. Managing these risks by developing a business continuity strategy is key to the survival of any organization.
The Business Continuity Manager (BCM®) certification builds on the Business Continuity Leader (BCL®) certification and covers advanced-level considerations. This program will build on BCM fundamentals while providing you with the complex body of knowledge required not only to identify potential threats to your organization, but also to manage their impacts on business operations.
As a Business Continuity Manager, you will need to have the skillset to prepare your organisation for emergencies, audit BCM® processes, and implement an approach of continuous improvement in your organisation.
- Delivery method : In-person, virtual training
- Duration : 3 modules over 3 Days
- CPE hours : 24 hours
To become fully certified, participants will have 3 years to complete all training modules. Registration for individual training modules is also available.
Emergency Preparedness, Response, BC Awareness and training (30 October 2023)
Fundamental to a successful business continuity management system that makes the organisation resilient to disaster is the application of the elements of emergency management. The lack of a coordinated response can result in regulatory and civil liability to the organization and can also result in the loss of customers and reputational damage.
The design of this module is geared towards preparing and training organisations for emergencies and the hazards to be aware of when an emergency occurs. Participants will be guided on best practice emergency management frameworks and processes, practical hazard identification and mitigation measures as well as components of the preparedness lifecycle. The syllabus includes instructions on how to produce the emergency response program and plan and the Emergency response team’s roles and responsibilities. Critical to the co-ordination of all of this is the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which participants will study as well as the critical role of communications. The content also includes guidance on designing, developing, and delivering the relevant awareness and training programs to ensure buy in and the overall success of the program.
BCMS Performance, Metrics and Audits, Disaster Recovery Plans and Lean Methodologies (1 November 2023)
When an event threatens the integrity of business operations, you have a crisis on your hands. Every organization is vulnerable to crises. A crisis communications plan is an important component of any disaster plan. It can act as a guide to help you quickly contain the crisis and recover from its impact. The days of playing ostrich – burying you head in the sand and hoping the problem goes away – are gone. You can try, but your stakeholders will not be understanding or forgiving. If you don’t prepare, you will incur more damage. Experience demonstrates that organizational leadership often does not understand that in the absence of adequate internal and external communications, operational response will break down. Stakeholders will not know what is happening and quickly become confused, angry, and negatively reactive; the organization will be perceived as inept, at best, and criminally negligent, at worst. The length of time required to bring full resolution to the issue will be extended, often dramatically, and the impact to the financial and reputational bottom line will be more severe.
This program takes BCM Professionals through the fundamental concepts on how to put together a proper plan, the agencies you need to work with in these situations and how you should communicate to the general public. It also demonstrates how the principles covered during the program will guide them in not just surviving the onslaught of any crisis, but emerging after the crisis with a stronger business and wiser team.
Crisis Management (31 October 2023)
The purpose of a BCM audit is to identify any inconsistencies in BCM processes which might inhibit the BCMS from achieving its intended outcomes. It helps ensure not only the effectiveness of the plan but whether the plan is up-to-date and capable of dealing with all threats and opportunities. Ensuring your organisation can recover effectively from any disaster is a basic business requirement. The construct of this program grounds participants in all of the components, scope, elements, types and principles of BCM audits. The content also covers the fundamentals of Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) as distinct from BCM and guides participants through the full DRP process including planning, mapping business functions to infrastructure, all the way through to backups and data recovery options and how to prepare the DRP.
In addition to providing guidance on BCMS performance evaluation and metrics, the design of the program also provides guidance on continuous improvement and Lean methodologies as processes and methodologies to ensure the sustainability of the various programs and to promote improvement initiatives and innovation within the BCMS. Continuous improvement is the vehicle that will help us to identify tangible improvements. The improvements could lead to enhanced business performance through cost reduction, productivity and process efficiency.
BCM® Graduates of 2020
Only applicable to those seeking a full certification. There are no eligibility requirements for individual modules.
A degree-holder (or its equivalent, and above) with at least 3 years relevant working experience OR with BCL® qualification OR a non-degree holder with at least 10 years relevant working experience OR with BLC® qualification.
- Internal Audit and Assurance professionals
- C-Level executives and head of departments who are decision-makers in their organisations
- Risk management professionals
- Non-risk management professionals working in Corporate Planning, Strategy, Governance, Compliance, Operations, Investment, Treasury, Product Development, Regulators, Legal, Quality, Environmental Health & Safety, Project Management, Insurance, Underwriting, and other related areas.
To become fully certified, participants will be assessed based on following criteria:
- Attendance and Participation in Class
- Multiple Choice Examination
- Case Study
Who are the instructors?
All our faculty are practitioners with relevant risk management and Business Continuity Manager (BCM) experience, averaging over 30 years of working experience each and with most of their last positions being C-Level executives in large national and multi-national corporations. Some hold Board Directorships and chair Board Committees such as Board Risk, Board Audit, and Board Investment Committees.
How many modules are there in this programme?
3 modules over 3 days
What is the time limit for me to finish this programme if I can’t attend all the modules within one year?
Maximum 3 years
Can I attend the certification program in other country?
Yes, however, you will have to pay whatever fee applicable in that country. And you will have to pay the travel, accommodation and subsistence yourself.
What will I get after taking this certification course?
- Enhances your professional credibility
- Gives you confidence that you have “passed through the chairs” and proof of ability
- Extends your knowledge and skills, preparing you for more job responsibilities
- Enriches self-image and reputation among peers
- Improves career opportunities-promotion, pay increases, job portability
- Establishes you as a continuous learner who believes in continuous professional development
- Gives you an edge over your competition in the eye of your potential employers
- Plugs you into a new network of like-minded risk professionals “club”
In addition, you will receive instant recognition that you have achieved the minimum standard of competency as a certified and qualified enterprise risk manager. Organizations have also started approaching the Institute to source for risk managers – which is one of the services that the Institute offers to corporate members of the Institute.